Lent began with Ash Wednesday last week when we all received the ashes on our forehead. The symbolism of the ashes includes remembering the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; reminding us of our mortality; and as a sign of repentance. The priest, who lead a liturgy I attended on Ash Wednesday spoke of the ashes being a mark of Christ, of stating outwardly our beliefs. And now we continue our journey through this Lenten season.
Sunday was the First Sunday of Lent and the scriptures of the day were about sin, repenting and Jesus saving us. We must remember that Jesus’ actions occurred as we are totally loved by God.
The Catholic Archdiocese has produced a booklet of reflections for this Lent and it invites us to pray with the following prompts:
When have I felt unworthy of God’s love? What or who has helped me to accept my own identity as God’s beloved?
How do I fell when I hear the words, “You are my beloved daughter/son”? What is my response to God?
And a Mantra for the Week: I am God’s beloved.
You may also like to spend two minutes listening to the lovely Irish voice of Jim Deeds reading from his co-authored book with Brendan McManus SJ, ‘Finding God in the Mess’. What happens in our lives is compared to what happens to the blood within the heart.
I hope you are able to find some time to stop and reflect this Lent.
Head of Ignatian Ethos